Drinking Green: Eco-Friendly Alcohol


| 6/27/2016 4:07:00 PM



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More and more people worldwide are awakening to the benefits of organic products, food and drinks included. Various studies into the impact of clean eating confirm the gains organic labels entail for the environment and human health, and eco-friendly recipes are multiplying at the speed of light. But what about environmentally conscious alcohol? Beer, wine, and liquor production and distribution have a negative effect on the environment, and air, water, and soil pollution is already turning the climate against mankind. Still, there’s hope: it seems that major players in the alcohol industry have finally realized that a neglectful attitude to natural resources can only end in loss of profits. This realization triggered the advent of organic alcoholic beverages sourced, manufactured, packaged, and distributed with sustainability in mind. But how can you tell environmentally responsible drinks from their non-eco counterparts? Here are a few tips on how to drown your sorrows without damaging Mother Earth.

Always double-check the labels

When picking your poison, don’t just grab a suave bottle or nice-looking can and call it a day. If you want to drink responsibly in terms of the environment, always check the list of ingredients. Unfortunately, many brands in the alcohol industry don’t disclose ingredients used in production of their liqueur over formula theft concerns. On the plus side, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau stepped up alcohol content control efforts back in 2007, when it called on manufacturers to include nutritional labels on the packaging – and many companies found it better to adhere to the proposed measure than risk potential penalty points.

If you’re not seeing the information you’re looking for on the bottle or can, try to find a detailed list of ingredients and production procedures online. Or, make life easier on yourself and simply stick to the brands that take environmental responsibility seriously and can back it up with transparent labels.

Look for pesticide- and flavorant-free drinks

There’s no shortage of green alcoholic drinks out there: Crop Vodka, Tequila Alquimia, Square One Vodka, Prairie Vodka and Gin, Hall Wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Naked Merlot,  Juniper Green Organic Gin and vegan-friendly Asahi beer are only a few among the heady beverages made from 100% organic ingredients, grown without use of pesticides and produced without artificial colorants, flavors, preservatives, and other hazardous chemicals.



If you want to stay on the eco-conscious side when throwing back a stiff drink, go online and do your research before shopping for alcohol – or, if possible, ask the producer about details pertaining to the growing, harvesting, brewing, and packaging of their spirits.



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